Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

"We Do Have a Creator -- I Just Forgot About Him, As I Basked in the Wonder of Me!"

After several misquotations and incoherent paraphrases of the Declaration of Independence, and after much alternative media scrutiny of his omissions, Obama finally gets it right:

The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

In four speeches on Friday, Saturday and Monday, Obama cited the word “Creator.”, Fox News and other media outlets had reported on Obama's numerous omissions, including two last week.

Let's forgive his honest mistake. After all, the President of the United States of America's repeated misquoting of the most famous document in U.S. history is a common occurence, isn't it?

Hope and Change has no time for precision of language. Nor for an accurate reflection of our cultural heritage.

"It's Change we believe in, not God!"

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Helen Thomas Syndrome

In a post about Muslims at Vox Day's blog, a commenter named Carolus said:

You're forgetting about Helen Thomas, longtime leftist media propagandist, who was forced into 'retirement' for making some less-than-obsequious remark about the non-existent lobby which cannot be named. (emphasis added)

I'm giving Carolus the benefit of the doubt, and assuming that he didn't read Ms. Thomas' actual words. If he did read and comprehend her remarks, I'm not sure what other conclusion I can reach, except that -- like Helen Thomas -- he doesn't like Israeli Jews.

Here's a transcript of Thomas' controversial comments:

RABBI DAVID NESENOFF, RABBILIVE.COM: Any comments on Israel? We're asking everybody today. Any comments on Israel?

HELEN THOMAS, FMR. HEARST COLUMNIST: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Any better comments than that?

THOMAS: Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land. It's not Germany and it's not Poland.

NESENOFF: So where should they go? What should they do?

THOMAS: They go home.

NESENOFF: Where's home?

THOMAS: Poland, Germany.

NESENOFF: So you think Jews should go back to Poland and Germany?

THOMAS: And America and everywhere else.

Notice that Thomas said nothing specific about "the non-existent lobby which cannot be named" (the Israel lobby). Hers was a blanket, condemnatory statement about the Jews of Israel. Characterizing her opinion as "less-than-obsequious" allows her more credit than she deserves.

Give this some thought. She's calling for a second exodus of all the Jews of Israel, demanding that they leave the region the Romans called Palestine en masse, and return to countries where they were persecuted: shot by firing squads, locked in gas chambers, burned alive, worked to death in labor camps, robbed, starved, separated from their families against their will, and experimented upon as human guinea pigs in the most inhumane fashion imaginable. I'm referencing Poland and Germany, here.

This is not failure in expected self-abasement. This is not legitimate criticism of Jewish actions or words on a personal or national level. This is "Palestinian" propaganda. This is rejecting Israel's right of existence as the single Jewish nation on Earth. If her spoutings don't qualify as blatantly anti-Israel, then nothing does.

Now, Ms. Thomas has every right in the world to be a Jew-hating, Israel-despising, terrorist-loving bigot. And her employers had every right in the world to tell her to take her hate carnival on the road and never come back. Liberty has consequences. Abuse of liberty also has consequences.

If Al $harpton or Je$$e Jack$on declared that whites should "get the hell out of the U.S.," most of Helen Thomas' defenders wouldn't say, "Well, those are just blacks who decided to leave the plantation," or "They're just being less-than-obsequious." No, they would call it by its proper name: rank hatred of whites.

Apparently, Ms. Thomas remains unburdened by the knowledge that Jews have millennia of history in the Promised Land -- a history that was ancient before the death-worshippers who call themselves "Palestinians" existed. Apparently, she's unaware that the Jewish presence in Israel has remained continuous since Titus sacked and destroyed Jerusalem. Ignorance being bliss, she also remains clueless about the modern nation of Israel's origins -- how a historic connection to the land, years of legal proceedings, and victory through force of arms led to its creation and maintenance. Israel has a right of existence, just as the U.S.A. has a right of existence. One cannot argue with consistency and intellectual honesty against the former, without decrying the latter.

Those who hate Jews and/or Israel follow a specific pattern in their thought processes and rhetoric. Something along these lines:

1. Make extreme, hate-filled, historically-ignorant and biased comments about Jews and/or Israel.

2. Demand and expect zero criticism or consequences for said rhetoric.

3. When faced with inevitable criticism or consequences for such rhetoric, deny hating Jews and/or Israel, while insisting that legitimate criticism of Jews and/or Israel is impossible, since it entails standing outside the politically correct threshold. (Of course, those familiar with the mainstream media's portrayal of the Israeli-"Palestinian" conflict know this is hogwash).

4. The real paranoiacs reach this step: those criticizing or enacting consequences upon them are closeted Jews.

It's a nice, comfortable, conspiratorial view: express unlimited hate; when called on this behavior, dismiss critics as PC, Jews, or Jew-sycophants. As I said, a cozy paradigm for those who shun introspection.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Naw, She's not Anti-Semitic . . .

. . . she just thinks every single Jew should "get the hell out of Palestine."

Now, with the exception of being driven into the sea or fed feet-first into ovens, what could be more reasonable than that?

Helen Thomas' career lasted about a century longer than it should have lasted. I'm delighted that it's over, because the woman's a moral idiot. It's sad knowing that most people will remember her as a woman who failed in distinguishing between the Jewish nation of Israel, and a maniacal death cult. Moral equivocation is her probable legacy.

Monday, October 18, 2010

I'm 'Bout to Bust a Cap

Two postal workers shot dead in Tennessee, during a possible robbery attempt.

Federal law states that carrying weapons on federal properties -- concealed or otherwise -- is illegal. An exception allows the carrying of weapons for "lawful purposes," but my understanding is that this phrase is ill-defined, so it borders on useless.

No matter how many laws the state or federal legislatures construct, and no matter their absurd complexity, gun crimes continue. A million weapon regulations will not stop those who laugh at the rule of law.

Officials serious about reducing gun violence should repeal the plethora of worthless laws and let everyone go armed. Make exceptions of people under legal age, the mentally infirm, and convicted felons, if you wish. But no law, no law enforcement thug, and no judge should obstruct the clear right of the people to pack heat. Then stand back and watch the crime rate shrink like Obama's messianic hopes.

"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." -- Robert A. Heinlein, Beyond This Horizon, 1942

Friday, October 15, 2010

"Yep, We're Liars."

JERUSALEM – The Israel Defense Forces did not open fire on activists aboard a Hamas-supporting flotilla until the soldiers' lives were endangered by those on the now infamous ship, admitted a Turkish journalist who was on the flotilla.

Some participants in the Turkish flotilla, named the Mavi Marmara, had claimed in news media interviews Israeli troops indiscriminately opened fire upon boarding the ship from a helicopter. Nine activists were killed in the clashes that ensued.

The ship, purchased by the Hamas-linked Turkish charity IHH, was attempting to break Israel's naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. The Jewish state maintains the blockade to ensure against Hamas arming itself at sea. The terrorist group had been caught several times attempting to smuggle weapons, including rockets and advanced missiles, into Gaza by sea.

"I saw with my own eyes that when the soldiers came on helicopters and started landing on the ship, they did not fire," stated Turkish journalist Sefik Dinc.

"It wasn't until the soldiers were met with resistance and realized that some of their friends' lives were in danger that they began using live ammunition," he said.

So now we have an open admission from someone who participated in the blockade run that the Israelis used deadly force in self-defense, not as an intimidation or terror tactic. Remember all of the lies or kneejerk Jew-hatred from the mainstream media, the Muslim world, Obama administration lackeys, and certain bloggers and blog commenters? So do I.

I wonder how many of those people will issue public apologies for their errors and distortions, with equal gravity given to their apologies as their denunciations?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Here's a collection of vivid, full-color photographs taken at the beginning of the 20th Century (1909 to 1912). Most of these are located in the Russian Empire, Turkey, and other Asian countries and eastern Europe, if memory serves.

What impressed me most was the clarity of these photos, and how they demonstrate the drastic changes in modes of dress, technology, etc. in just one hundred years.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sin of Omission

Just seven days after he sparked controversy by omitting the word “Creator” when he closely paraphrased the passage from the Declaration of Independence that says all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,” President Barack Obama again omitted the Creator when speaking about the “inalienable rights” that “everybody is endowed with.”

This time the president was speaking at a Sept. 22 fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, and his reference to “inalienable rights” was not as close a paraphrasing of the Declaration as it had been the week before.

I took Obama's first recent omission as a possible error, although I didn't rule out deliberate exclusion. But twice in one week? That's stretching the limits of credibility.

I find Obama's noninclusion of God informative of his agenda and character. In a country in which the vast majority of people are Christians or cultural Christians, our self-proclaimed Christian president feels that our historic reliance upon God as our Maker and acknowledgment of Him as our benefactor deserves obscurity. And his supporters wonder why those on the Right don't accept his insistent claims of heartfelt Christianity as Gospel.

How are we endowed without an Endower? How are we created without a Creator?

Obama's goal seems an attempt at rendering the Declaration of Independence nonsensical. It is the elimination of history.